What to Expect on a Classic Safari

Intimate and immersive, an African safari is one of life’s greatest travel experiences. The first sight of a majestic lion prowling through the bush or a giraffe poking its head from an acacia tree is a jaw-dropping moment, one that will stay with you forever.

Venturing to Africa will offer you a front row seat to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and wildlife. From grassy savannah’s and awe-inspiring sunsets, to soaring forest-clad mountains and scorching desert, Africa is a diverse country, and there are many different paths to take. If this is your first time on safari, we’d recommend visiting one of the better travelled countries – South Africa, Kenya or Tanzania, for example – and leave it to us to create an adventure that’s completely bespoke and brimming with unforgettable experiences.

The wildlife you encounter will depend on the places you go. The famous Big Five are a great start - spotting magnificent lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard is an achievement every nature enthusiast would love to achieve. Of course, the very nature of a safari means that particular animals sightings aren’t always guaranteed, but we use only the best guides to ensure you have a great chance in seeing them.

Pack efficiently

Whilst the days can be hot and dusty in Africa, the evenings turn cool and dark. Comfort is key when on safari, so pack lots of light layers and be ready for any kind of temperature that might come your way. We have a fantastic handy guide on what to pack for your safari, so you won’t forget a thing.

Travel through the wilderness

There are many ways to explore the depths of Africa. The most common is a game drive, journeying through the wild with an experienced driver and ranger in search of nearby wildlife. Our selection of camps and lodges use purpose-built safari vehicles, which ensure that everyone gets a window seat to the incredible scenes. There are plenty other ways to experience Africa too, including walking safaris, night drives and hot air balloon safaris, all of which are available in conservancies, rather than National Parks. Most of our luxury lodges offer fully flexible programs that are personally tailored day to day, so you can try out different activities then adjust your itinerary to what you enjoy most.

A classic day on safari

Though your itinerary can be tailored to your desires, this is what you can expect during a typical day on safari.

Early morning – Begin your day with a coffee and light snack at 5am. You’ll then enjoy an early morning game drive – this is one of the best times to see wildlife thanks to the cooler temperatures. You may have breakfast whilst out in the bush, or you’ll head back to camp after a few hours.

Afternoon – The afternoons are leisurely and slow, tucking into a hearty lunch al fresco, and then spending the rest of the time relaxing. Depending on where you’re staying, this is your chance to read a book, have a snooze, or take a dip in the pool. Between 3pm and 5pm, you’ll enjoy another game drive.

Evening – Your afternoon game drive will usually continue until the early evening, including a sundowner out in the bush. Once back at camp, you’ll enjoy a delicious al fresco dinner, ending with drinks and chats by the campfire. If you’re staying in a National Park, you’ll need to be back at the camp by a certain time – however if you’re in a conservancy, you may have the chance to embark on a night drive.